The Fs of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

Male names:

Ferrando (I) is a form of Ferdinand (brave journey). This is also a Medieval Spanish and Aragonese name.

Ferrante (I) is also a form of Ferdinand, possibly via the Medieval French Ferrand and Ferrant.

Fioravante (I) may derive from the Latin word florem (flower) and thus be a form of Florent and Fiorente. Other linguists believe it derives from Ancient Germanic name Chlodovech (the ancestor of Ludwig, which means “famous battle”).

Fortebraccio (I) means “strong arm.”

Female names:

Fea (I)

Fenicia (I) means “Phoenician woman.”

Fiordelise, Fiordelisia (I) means “cornflower.” In heraldry, the Italian word fiordaliso also means “fleur-de-lis.”

Flordiana (I)

Foscarina (T)

Fraisenda (I) is a form of Medieval French Fraisende, which derives from Old High German roots fragen (to ask) and Old Saxon swith (strong). The second root ultimately comes from Proto–Germanic *swinþaz.

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